If you believe that building this project consists of a series of straight lines, then you are thinking too linearly.
The 2nd best moment in the Wizard of OZ, occurs when Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and Toto all return to the Wizard’s palace in Oz. They walk down the long hallway to see the Wizard, with Dorothy carrying the broom of the Wicked Witch, and they are shown into a room with a giant, green head.
The head of the Wizard talks at them, shoots fire, belches smoke and is—in general—putting on quite the show. And, while Dorothy and the humanoid elements of her crew are frightened and trembling in front of this massively intimidating sight, Toto—the dog—is not. Toto runs to the back of the room (as “yippee” dogs are wont to do) and proceeds to pull back the curtain. Of course, what is revealed is neither belching, nor smoking, nor particularly scary. It is merely a man, pulling levers, pushing buttons and creating a mirage of order within a background of chaos.
The levers, buttons, and pulleys that I pull, push and lean on daily to get Human Services Consulting and Training off the ground, create “behind the scenes” chaos that only a few people get to see.
Trust me, it’s chaotic back here.
But, the orderly outcome that’s put out on the front end is not a humbug—unlike the Wizard, I do not seek to send you on a meaningless, dangerous quest, to intimidate or to frighten—it is instead, a chance for you to learn something about me, the process of building peace and to ask some challenging questions.
Human Services Consulting and Training is a project built on a series of experiments. Some launch. Many don’t. Some are placed in the background until the “time is right” to reveal them. Some are out front right now, like this here and this here. In the space of building a business, and building a life, there are both straight lines and curvy roads. The key is to not fall off either one of them.
And, to be open, and vulnerable enough to acknowledge the dog when it barks and pulls back the curtain a little bit.
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
Email HSCT: firstname.lastname@example.org